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12-23-2010 06:24 AM  9 years ago
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Blade 400 thoughts on entry level to electric?
Greetings,
I am a nitro flyer who is in need of an upgrade/replacement from my aging jr ergo 30. I have been unable to fly the past year due to time and part shortages. But during a long a visit to Phoenix over thanksgiving I was desperate to fly something so I found a LHS and bought a Blade SR120 and the Blade MSR to give me something to do before too much family togetherness killed me. Since then I have had a blast being able to fly at home and in my front room and have been impressed with these 2 Blade fixed pitch electrics. I am now seriously thinking about buying a real electric heli that I can fly as I did with my JR ergo (loops, rolls an very very mild 3d)without spending a ton.

I have been looking around a bit and know nothing about the electric world or the higher end blade helicopters and would like to know if the blade 400 RTF would be a good hassle free, affordable introduction to electrics? Any thoughts on these? Thanks
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12-23-2010 12:56 PM  9 years ago
jsenicka

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for a RTF bird, the Blade 400 is actually pretty cool. We have a local guy that flies the heck out of one, all stock. For basic aerobatics, you will love it.Jim Senicka
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12-27-2010 01:26 PM  9 years ago
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Cool bird -- beat gyro and tail servo :0) BEst oart is parts availibility

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12-29-2010 12:02 AM  9 years ago
Noobyflyer

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I don't agree. I think the Trex 450 Sport is a better option and they are extremely affordable with quality gear. A full kit with everything but Tx/Rx runs about $385. Batteries have come down alot and can be had for 9 bucks through HobbyKing.

I wouldn't make the Eflite mistake here.
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12-29-2010 12:15 AM  9 years ago
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+1 on a 450. Blades are not nearly as durable.
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02-07-2011 07:39 AM  9 years ago
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Update: I found a screaming deal just after christmas from a guy with everything plus over $300 in of spares and never flown! I just couldn't pass it up.
I have been flying it when ever I get a warm enough weekend and tim but i just got it all set up for the way I fly.

I quickly upgraded the charger and am running 2x 2250mah 45c batteries and swapped to the 9t pinion. I am getting much more flight time per battery as I could from tank of 30% and I have more power and no more fears of flame outs!
I don't have anything real bad to say about it other that the gyro that sucks, the toy charger and dumb stickers on the canopy.
Over all I love the heli and its been a great match for what I was looking for and i think it will serve me well years from now.

Thanks for everyones advice.
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02-09-2011 03:27 AM  9 years ago
jamlizzard

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So what did you get?
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02-10-2011 02:30 AM  9 years ago
JOLT

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my guess is the Blade 400 based on "Toy charger" and crappy gyro.
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02-10-2011 12:45 PM  9 years ago
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I am a sport pilot and do not fly 3D, although I do an occassional loop, roll, or flip. I bought a Blade 400 PNP a couple of years ago with the idea of stripping out the electronics and selling the airframe. I decided to fly it first. I still have it and still fly it. Only 1 crash (dumb thumbs!), with the only replaced parts being a set of blades, a spindle, and main shaft. I did swap out the stock wood blades for carbon fiber (way better), but otherwise it's just as I bought it. It is WAAAAAY better than the smaller Blade CP series of machines. I travel with this heli, as I can go into almost any hobby shop and get parts if I need them.

If you accept the fact that this is a sport machine with basic acro capabilities, its a pretty good little heli. If you get one thinking of full-bore, balls to the wall 3D, you might be dissapointed.

I'd buy another one in a heartbeat,
Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450
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02-11-2011 12:49 AM  9 years ago
gologo

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It is WAAAAAY better than the smaller Blade CP series
What do ya think about the new FBL CP blade?

Might have to actually break down and try a micro, after all these years.
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02-11-2011 01:08 AM  9 years ago
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I've not tried the FBL CP Blade. My two smallest FBL helis are both Gaui Hurricane 200 machines. The smaller machines are generally twichier and less stable than larger machines.Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450
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